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Submission + - Debate over use of 5.9 GHz is delaying Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) rollout (amazonaws.com)

McGruber writes: In a June 30 letter, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO, http://www.transportation.org/), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America, http://www.itsa.org/ ) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE, http://www.ite.org/ ), requested that the US Secretary of Transportation finally release the Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance. The organizations note that the draft V2I guidance was issued in September 2014 and, in the two years since, the federal government and the auto industry have been funding V2I deployments that have proceeded without the final V2I Guidance.

The delay is apparently related to the National Cable & Telecommunication's (NCTA) efforts to allow wi-fi to share the 5.9 GHz band used for V2I. That effort is described in a July 11 article, "NCTA, Wi-Fi Alliance push for 5.9 GHz sharing":
http://www.fiercewireless.com/...

At least two FCC commissioners have shown an interest in sharing in the 5.9 GHz band. More than a year ago, Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel rallied around the idea, saying there are ways to use it for Wi-Fi while protecting the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems that are intended for road safety.

Submission + - Georgia investigating Google Fiber Installer after it repeatedly hit gas lines (wabe.org)

McGruber writes: WABE, one of the NPR stations in Atlanta, is reporting that Georgia’s Public Service Commission is investigating Google Fiber contractor S&N Communications after it reported damaging gas lines 36 different times in the past year. In the first quarter of this year, utility company Atlanta Gas Light had a 67 percent increase in reports of damaged natural gas lines within its service areas.

Atlanta Fire Department Sgt. Cortez Stafford said sometimes the fire department responds to five calls in one day. "Due to the amount of crews digging and boring in the Atlanta area, there has been a significant increase in our number of emergency responses to gas leaks," Stafford said. "It's a pretty severe incident because with that amount of gas flowing, if it ignites, then that could start a fire in another location." Sgt. Stafford said some of these crews are operating boring machines to install fiber optic cables for companies like Google Fiber. He said the drills are hitting gas lines that can range in diameter from 1 to 4 inches. They can be high pressure lines or supply lines that feed off to other feeder lines.

In May, WSB-Television news reported (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/google-fiber-contractor-connected-to-several-line-breaks/296434858) that Google Fiber contractors were responsible for hitting gas lines at four different locations.

Submission + - Tesla driver using autopilot killed in crash (washingtonpost.com)

McGruber writes: The Washington Post is reporting (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/30/tesla-owner-killed-in-fatal-crash-while-car-was-on-autopilot) that Joshua David Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio was was killed in a May 7 collision in Florida with a tractor trailer while the Tesla was in "Autopilot" mode. "Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied," Tesla said in a blog post entitled "A Tragic Loss (https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/tragic-loss).

Michelle Krebbs, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, called for a recall of cars with Autopilot. And Karl Brauer, another senior analyst at KBB, added: “I’d like to say I didn’t see this coming, but it was inevitable based on the documented abuses of driver-assist technology we’ve been seeing on sites like YouTube.”

“This will be a big hit to Tesla’s reputation because the automaker has been seen as a leader in both passenger safety and advanced technology,” Brauer added.

Submission + - Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion; (cnbc.com) 1

McGruber writes: CNBC is reporting that Microsoft is acquiring "professional social platform" LinkedIn for $196 per share, in an all-cash deal valued at $26.2 billion.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world's professionals. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet."

Submission + - "Psycho Dentist", who sued anonymous Youtube User. is now a Republican Delegate (cbs46.com)

McGruber writes: Back in 2009, Georgia Dentist Gordon Trent Austin was indicted on multiple counts of assault and battery—including against children. He was also indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud, to which he pleaded guilty in exchange for the other charges being dropped. An anonymous youtube user later republished a Georgia TV station’s 2009 news story about Austin, titling it "Psycho Dentist — Gordon Trent Austin — Georgia" (https://youtu.be/vtCVHcT2mB0). In 2015, Austin sued the anonymous YouTube user. Austin also attempted to lift the Youtube user's anonymity by subpoenaing Google. First Amendment lawyer Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen leapt to the defense of the anonymous user, arguing that Austin has no case, as the former dentist has not provided any evidence of defamation, and the statute of limitations has expired. (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/rogue-dentist-who-allegedly-hit-patients-now-targets-anonymous-youtube-user/)

Now, Atlanta television station CBS46 reports (http://www.cbs46.com/story/32169844/georgia-party-delegate-previously-indicted-for-medicaid-fraud) that the former dentist is one of 30 delegates that Georgia's Republican Party has named to represent the state at this year's national convention in Cleveland. The station spoke with the chairman of the nominating committee, who was surprised and concerned. He said the party doesn't have the resources to vet everyone.

When the Georgia State Board of Dentistry revoked Austin's license (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2692552-2009-2250-DN008598-003.html) on December 7, 2009, its docket stated that Austin "entered a guilty plea to six (6) counts of misdemeanor theft by taking. Respondent received first offender treatment and was sentenced to probation for five consecutive 12-month periods and one concurrent 12-month period."

Submission + - Australian Transportation Safety Bureau: Debris is from MH370 (atsb.gov.au)

McGruber writes: The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau released a report (http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5770117/debris-examination-mh370_19april2016.pdf) that concludes two items of debris recovered from beaches in Mozambique are from the Malaysian Airlines Berhad (MAB) Boeing 777 aircraft, registered 9M-MRO, that went missing on March 8, 2014 while operating as MH370.

Submission + - TSA's Precheck Registration Program causing Maddeningly Long Security Lines (usatoday.com)

McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting that TSA's PreCheck program is causing maddening long security lines at US airports.

TSA's PreCheck security lanes can screen 300 passengers an hour, twice that of its standard security lanes. Based on that and other increased efficiencies, the TSA's front-line screeners were cut from 47,147 three years ago to 42,525 currently. At the same time, the number of annual fliers passing through checkpoints has grown from 643 million to more than 700 million.

The TSA told Congress its goal was to have 25 million fliers enrolled in the PreCheck registration program but, as of March 1, only 9.3 million people had registered for PreCheck. TSA first tried to make up for that shortfall by randomly placing passengers into the express Precheck lanes, but scaled back that effort for fear dangerous passengers were being let through. That's when the regular security lines started growing, up to 90 minutes in some cases. The TSA is now shifting some resources to tackle lines at the nation's biggest airports, but it claims there is no easy solution to the problem with a record number of fliers expected this summer.

To enroll in TSA's Precheck registration program, travelers must pay $85 to $100 every five years, then submit to a background check, in-person interview at an airport, and to being fingerprinted. Unsurprisingly, getting once-a-year fliers to spend the time or the money to register has been a challenge. While 250,000 to 300,000 people are registering for Precheck every month, it will take more than four years at that pace to reach the TSA's target enrollment.

Comment Re:Let me get this straight.... (Score 1) 110

There is a serious incident on Monday, one of a number that have been raising concern. The metro decides to shut down the system to do a major safety inspection. That is somehow bad?

The editorial (3rd link in the story) posed this question:

But if the situation was dire enough to require a unilateral shutdown at midnight, why was it simultaneously okay for people to ride home on Tuesday night?

Comment Re:In related news... (Score 1) 110

In related news, I-94 outside of Milwaukee will be shut down late Friday night to allow bridge construction to continue.

That's just one single bridge, not an entire system, being shutdown for planned construction over a weekend.... after plenty of notice was given to the people who use the bridge.

Do you remember when Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge failed back on December 13, 2000? To be similar to what's happening in DC, people would have been killed during a Milwaukee bridge collapse, then a second Milwaukee bridge would have to have collapsed a few months later, then all of of Milwaukee's interstates would have had to be shutdown for safety inspections on a Wednesday, in the middle of the work week.

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